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My Year of Rest
and Relaxation

Based on the novel by Ottessa Moshfegh
Staging: Yana Ross

One hot New York summer, a young woman decides to sleep for a year. She has made provisions: she has left her job, the rent on her loft has been paid in advance and her therapist is hysterical enough to prescribe her sleeping pills à discretion. A retreat into your own four walls for several months – voluntarily?

The novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, a rising star of the US literary scene, is simultaneously a vexing manifesto for a departure from meritocracy and a sleepwalking ballad about repression and evanescence.

Yana Ross
Stage design, Costumes
Zane Pihlström
Kwamina Roberts, Gabriela Bischofberger
Algirdas Gradauskas
Markus Keusch
Fadrina Arpagaus

Supported by Zürcher Kantonalbank

Thanks to Graf Skates and Dance & Glamour.

  • World premiere: 22. Oktober 2020
  • Performance in German, English and French with English and German surtitles.
  • 🛈 Until further notice, due to the pandemic, we will not be providing live introductions before the performance, but will make them available online on our Soundcloud account and on the play page.
Introduction: Fadrina Arpagaus, Dramaturgy

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
Mein Jahr der Ruhe und Entspannung

Rund um die Produktion Mein Jahr der Ruhe und Entspannung hatten Anaïs Meier, Dorothee Elmiger und Ariane Koch im März/April den Auftrag, Schlafprotokolle zu führen.

Auszüge daraus vorab hier; die Texte erscheinen vollständig abgedruckt im Programmheft.